Prescott City Council Resolution Condemns Hamas, Supports Israel

December 20, 2023

By Daniel Stefanski |

A northern Arizona city is showing its support for the nation of Israel.

Earlier this month, the Prescott City Council passed a resolution to condemn Hamas and declare support for the Jewish State of Israel.

The motion to pass the resolution, taken during the City Council’s voting meeting on December 12, was unanimously adopted 7-0. After the result was announced, those in attendance, as well as some of the members behind the dais, broke into applause.

Prescott Mayor Phil Goode, who ushered the resolution through the meeting, said, “I’m quite proud of this council and our adoption of this resolution. As I said, I hope there are other cities and towns in this state that will follow our lead.”

In the resolution, Prescott leaders highlighted the state’s adoption of “the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism which includes anti-Zionism.”

The resolution gave seven action items for the city to follow in its support of Israel, which were as follows:

  1. Reaffirm its support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the Jewish State of Israel;
  2. Recognize Israel’s right to act decisively and unilaterally in self-defense to protect is citizens;
  3. Express its support for Israel’s right to pursue without interference or condemnation the elimination of Hamas;
  4. Convey its most heartfelt condolences to all Israeli victims as well as their families and communities;
  5. Call upon Prescott law enforcement to remain vigilant in protecting Israeli Americans, Jewish Americans and all supporters of Israel from acts of crime and unlawful discrimination that tend to manifest at such times;
  6. Encourage all other Americans to likewise condemn Hamas as well as any official body that refuses to recognize Israel’s right to act decisively in self-dense to protect its citizens; and
  7. Call upon the United States to provide all assistance as may be required to support Israel in its defense against Hamas and all other terrorist organizations.

The Prescott City Council’s strong demonstration of support for Israel follows a similar action taken by the Arizona State Legislature on October 11, when Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma issued a Joint Legislative Proclamation to “denounce the horrific acts of war against Israel and support Israel’s right to defend itself” – among other calls to action for the Legislature.

Daniel Stefanski is a reporter for AZ Free News. You can send him news tips using this link.

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